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Old 02-17-2003, 10:27 AM   #15
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Posted by Maggie O., Member, virginia:

My idea is to take out the closet and kicthen, install two bulkheads either plywood or fiberglass just inside the door. This would make the bed area 5'6" x the width of the trailer. I would also like to take out the front bunks and make a dinette. With a porta potty and my camp stove I think I could be happy. Only problem is I don't know how to do any of this. We have a fiberglass camper shell in our yard waiting to be painted. We bought the paint a week ago and are waiting for 65 degree weather. Apparently hell has frozen over and the shell sits under a foot of snow. This is slowing down our adventures with fiberglass.


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Old 02-17-2003, 10:54 AM   #16
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Gutting a 13'er

Posted by Mike Watters, Moderator, Valparaiso, Indiana:

Gutting a 13'er
Sounds like a plan to me...

One suggestion: How about captain's chairs in the front instead of a dinette? Should be plenty of room if the kitchen is going too.

The downside of course is that you'll be losing 100% of your storage space - except what you create for yourself under the bed. I suppose you could move the closet over where the kitchen had been...

If it were me - I think I'd made the front half of the bed a fold-out (like a futon) so it could serve double duty as a couch at times.

You'll also likely REALLY want to add some sort of screen room or something to the front.


I've tried to do a lot of forward-thinking myself. Right now - with the kids, being able to sleep 4 is vital. But after they have moved on - Dianne and I plan on taking more summer trips around the country and would want something ideal for two. We're still in the process of deciding what is important for us. If the space inside is important - we'll probably go with a 16 footer. If we decide that having something ultra-light is more important however - we'll likely do something more like what you are planning. Of course - if you can live with a slightly smaller bed - you can build something more similar to the wooden Scamp with a 54" bed, 12" closet/pantry and narrower 'kitchen' (which to you may just be another closet/storage space).

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Old 02-17-2003, 10:55 AM   #17
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foot-of-snow

Posted by Mike Watters, Moderator, Valparaiso, Indiana:

foot-of-snow
I'd clean off that roof if I were you...

Or prop up some sort of support inside. They've been known to collapse under such loads...

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Old 02-17-2003, 01:39 PM   #18
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Posted by Thomas and Janifer, Moderator, Northeast Oklahoma:

what fun. tear it out and put it back like you want. good idea.
surely the snow will be gone next week, Maggie O. it is mid Feb. can't last too long.
I have a friend that keeps saying what if you want to play cards cause it raining. she thinks I need a table and chairs inside. that's what the awning or screen room is for. I'm here to camp. be in the great outdoors. I never sit inside when its raining. I like being out under some type of awning. Once it rained so much, water was gushing over our feet from under the rv. but it was fun. I was relatively dry, comfortable. this last spring it was cold. did we go inside? no way. sit by the fire, shiver and talk and laugh. inside, I might as well go home. Now when its hot with need of ac then that's another horse color.

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Old 02-17-2003, 01:46 PM   #19
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Posted by Maggie O., Member, virginia:

We travel in a small pickup with a camper shell. Till now we use a tent and a screen house. I'd still set up a screen house. I was thinking we don't need much storage space 'cause we can carry what we need in the truck and want to keep that trailer light. Another thought we had was maybe we should buy newer and see if we like it. Resale has got to be better on one in stock condition.

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Old 02-17-2003, 01:58 PM   #20
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Posted by Mike Watters, Moderator, Valparaiso, Indiana:

resale
I dunno - I don't think we've seen enough seriously altered trailers get sold to have any idea how that would affect resale. Probably lower it for a newer one - harder to say for an older one.

If you're thinking of getting an experimental one first though - I'd definatly suggest an older one. Even if the resale drops down to 0% you won't be out that many bucks.

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Posted by Chester Taje, Moderator, Hosmer, B.C.:

Maggie-o
You would be surprized at what people will buy.

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Old 02-17-2003, 03:12 PM   #22
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Front dinette

Posted by Noel M. Lutsey, Member, Minnesota - Arizona:

Front dinette
If you do a search on the Casita,Boler, Scamp owners web sites as well as this site you will eventually find examples of how to convert your front couch/bunks into a front dinette with storage for the porta potty Here are some examples none of which are mine. My wife wants to convert our back bed/dinette into a guacho/settee area (she has already drawn up the plans so it may happen)

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Old 11-18-2008, 06:12 AM   #23
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Posted by Suz, Moderator, North Texas:

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Mary, pretty much nailed it.

16 ft Casita is 48'' and the 17 is 54'' (except for the Liberty that does make into a king bed).

When I got a feather bed for mine, I bought a double. Even though it was 48'', it fit perfectly. With the added height of the feather bed and the high loft mattress pad, regular double sheets fit perfectly on the 48 In bed.

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You have scared me...

"Double" is another name for "full", right?

I just washed a new set of "full" for my 16'Casita and have yet to make the bed.

That was an experience in buying for me. I never knew there were so many variables to consider just to make a bed.
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Old 11-18-2008, 06:21 AM   #24
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Beds in RVs are generally (not always) much smaller than the equivalent "size" in our homes. If you haven't already found it, peruse this topic on Bed sizes, as it gives true dimensions of beds in lots of different molded fiberglass RV trailers.
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Old 11-18-2008, 10:01 AM   #25
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You have scared me...

"Double" is another name for "full", right?

I just washed a new set of "full" for my 16'Casita and have yet to make the bed.

That was an experience in buying for me. I never knew there were so many variables to consider just to make a bed.

Actually, double is a misnomer. It is a bit smaller than full.
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Old 11-18-2008, 11:44 AM   #26
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Actually, double is a misnomer. It is a bit smaller than full.
Huh, I always thought "double" and "full" were the same size (in houses 54" x 75"). Then the smaller size (more old fashioned in houses) was a "three-quarter" bed (48" x 75").

Sounds like I may have had it wrong... It does seem like most of the 13-foot trailers have the "3/4" size.

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My compact II (had) a 58x72 bed. That is appx queen size. I wanted more in my bedroll so I enlarged it into a 72x80 king size.
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Old 01-17-2009, 10:56 PM   #28
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My Campster had a bed that was 72 x 72, at least.. maybe 72x76. I turned it sideways to make a 3/4 bed (48 x 72) which allows easier access to the bed and a place to sit down even when the bed is made up.
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